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Manchester Youth Baseball Association Results for July 10th

The Manchester Youth Baseball Association wrapped up their 5th week of competition on Friday night with 5 games at Fred Deadman Park. 

Brodie of Lions Club motors into 3rd base after hitting a triple on Friday night in 8U action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association.

In the 8U division, Interstate Auto took on Lions Club in a doubleheader. The two teams split the 2 contests as Interstate won the opener 18 to 3.  Lions Club bounced back to get their first win of the year in the nightcap 25 to 20.   In the first game, Interstate built a big lead and kept Lions Club off the scoreboard until the final inning.  Keyton Childress had 2 home runs for Interstate while Eli Baker and Lawson Maychrzak added a home run apiece for the Green Machine.  For Lions Club, Mia and Brodie each hammers triples.  In the nightcap, Lions Club plated 5 runs in the first inning, but saw Interstate rally for 9 runs in the bottom half of the inning to take the lead.  Not to be deterred, Lions Club closed the gap with 6 runs in the 2nd inning and 9 runs in the 5th to grab their first win of the year.  For Lions Club, Jace had a home run, a triple and 2 singles while Bentley and Draper each finished with a triple, a double and 2 singles for Lions Club.  Lawson Maychrzak finished with 2 home runs for Interstate while Gabe Elrod and Branden Gammons each had a homer. 

Ethan Reed of First National Bank hurls a pitch on Friday night in 10U action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association.

In the 10U division, First National Bank stopped Chico’s Bail Bonds 15 to 11 and State Farm bested Coffee County Bank 18 to 3.  In the first game, First National scored 6 runs in the 1st inning and added 7 more in the 2nd to build a 13 to 5 lead.  Chico’s was able to score in every inning, including 4 runs in the 4th inning but it was not enough to rally for the win.  Davion Dycus had a home run and a single and scored twice for First National.  Steven Lombardo had 2 doubles and a single for the winners.  Aiden Spry had 2 singles and a home run for Chico’s.  In the nightcap, Coffee County Bank got off to a good start scoring 2 runs on 3 hits in the top of the first inning.  Division leading State Farm sent 11 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first scoring 6 runs which was all the offense they would need.  State Farm got home runs from Trey Sullivan and Cooper Hinson to lead their offense.  Levi Dotson had a pair of singles and scored twice for Coffee County Bank. 

Pressley Rooker of Shelter Insurance rips a single on Friday night in 12U action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association.

In the 12U division, Shelter Insurance took down Peoples Bank 18 to 5.  Shelter jumped on top early with 7 runs in the first inning and 8 more in the 2nd to build an insurmountable 15 to 2 lead.  Pressley Rooker and Kerry Norris each had a double and a single for Shelter.  Matt Moore added 2 singles, a walk and 3 runs scored for Shelter.  Kaysen Lowery had 2 walks and scored two runs for Peoples.  Josh Harris and Isaiah Deadman added singles for Peoples. 

Monday MYBA Schedule

8U Division at Fast Pitch Field

5:00 PM – Freedom Automotive vs. Interstate Auto

7:30 PM – KK’s vs. Dr. Jay

10U Division at National League Field

5:00 PM – Chico’s Bail Bonds vs. Viam

7:30 PM – First National Bank vs. Coffee County Bank

12U Division at Aaron Miller Field

5:00 PM – Shelter Insurance vs. Powers Storage

7:30 PM – First Vision Bank vs. Bush Insurance

18U Division at Looney Riddle(Babe Ruth) Field

6:00 PM – Manchester Braves vs. Mets

8:00 PM – Christiana Braves vs. Manchester Braves

UNOFFICIAL MYBA Standings

6U Standings
Place Team Wins Losses
1 Manchester Tire & Brake 10 0
2 Star Physical Therapy 6 4
3 Cooper Sports 4 6
4 Lovelady Auto Parts 0 10
8U Standings
Place Team Wins Losses
1 Dr. Jay 10 1
2 Freedom Automotive 10 2
3 KK’s 6 6
4 Interstate Auto 4 9
5 Lions Club 1 13
10U Standings
Place Team Wins Losses
1 State Farm 9 0
2 Viam 7 2
3 First National Bank 4 6
4 Chico’s Bail Bonds 3 7
5 Coffee County Bank 1 9
12U Standings
Place Team Wins Losses
1 Powers Storage 8 2
1 Clower Automotive 8 2
3 Shelter Insurance 6 3
4 Bush Insurance 3 6
5 First Vision 3 7
6 Peoples Bank 1 9
18U Standings
Place Team Wins Losses
1 Yankees 9 1
2 Expos 6 5
3 Mets 4 4
4 Christiana Braves 3 4
5 Manchester Braves 1 9

Coffee County CHS Girls’ Basketball Team to Host Golf Tournament

Head coach Joe Pat Cope and the staff and players of the Coffee County CHS Lady Raider basketball team are inviting everyone to participate in their benefit golf tournament. The tournament is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st at Willowbrook Golf Club. Registration for 4 person teams is open and will be capped at 20 teams.

Cost for the tournament is $300 per team and includes greens fees, cart, a swag bag and dinner at Prater’s BBQ. The shotgun start will be at 1 PM at Willowbrook with dinner, a live auction and the Awards Ceremony at Prater’s beginning at 7 PM.

The tournament will be divided into 2 flights with cash prizes awarded for 1st and 2nd place in each flight. If you need more information, or wish to register, contact Willowbrook at 931-728-8989 or Joe Pat Cope at 931-247-6300.

Braves Starter Cole Hamels Unsure for Start of Season

Cole Hamels’ bid to be ready by Opening Day was further weakened on Saturday, when the Braves’ left-hander did not complete a scheduled side session due to triceps tendinitis.

“He’s going trough what he said were normal things before in Spring Training,” said Braves manager Brian Snitker.

Unfortunately, there is nothing normal about the current expedited preparations for the season. Instead of having the normal six weeks of Spring Training, players were given three weeks of Summer Camp to prepare for the 2020 restart. One of those weeks has already elapsed, and Hamels’ tendinitis will likely at least cut into a portion of that second week.

“I think we’re a week away from seeing where he’s going to be when [the regular season starts],” said Snitker, who said earlier this week that Hamels was still on schedule to be on the Opening Day roster.

Now it looks like the Braves might need to plan to begin the season without the lefty in their rotation. Time is simply running out even if Hamels was pushed to the fifth spot and slated to make his first start on July 29.

If Hamels wasn’t ready to throw on Saturday, he’s likely not going to be cleared to get back on the mound before the middle of the coming weeks. This would be two weeks before that potential July 29 outing, and he still likely won’t be cleared to throw live batting practice, something the other projected starters — Mike Soroka, Max Fried, Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb — all did as soon as camp opened last weekend.

So while Snitker has not definitively ruled Hamels out for the start of the season, it’s looking more like the four-time All-Star will wait until August to make his Braves debut.

Even if this latest setback was simply a minor one, it adds to the frustration the Braves have thus far experienced with Hamels. The team signed the lefty to a one-year deal worth $18 million despite the fact he made just one appearance — a four-inning stint coupled with 11 total days of rest — after being bothered late last season with discomfort in his left shoulder.

Unfortunately, the left shoulder became inflamed again during January workouts and prevented Hamels from throwing before Spring Training was shut down in March. If the start of the season hadn’t been delayed, Hamels believes he’d have been ready to join Atlanta’s rotation by the end of May.

Still, even with the long layoff and extra time to recover from the winter discomfort, Hamels was behind Atlanta’s other projected starters when camp opened last week.

When asked if Hamels would be ready for the start of the season, Snitker and president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos said they felt he’d be ready to throw a few innings while a piggyback system was used during both of his first two starts.

If this bout with tendinitis does prove to be just a minor setback, Hamels might now debut a week later than expected. If it is another sign that the veteran hurler is now being undone by natural wear and tear, Braves fans will become even more frustrated.

But for now, the club has no choice but to remain patient and hope Hamels’ tenure in Atlanta proves to be much more memorable than it has been thus far.

Manchester Youth Baseball Association Results for July 9th

Kasen Shelton(right) of Manchester Tire & Brake slides safely into 3rd base ahead of the tag of Curtis Rowe(left) of Star Physical Therapy on Thursday in 6U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

After a night of rain on Wednesday, the Manchester Youth Baseball Association returned to the diamond on Thursday night at Fred Deadman Park.  Nine games filled the schedule as all 5 age divisions were in action. 

In the 6U division, Manchester Tire and Brake shot down Star Physical Therapy 17 to 2 and Cooper Sports came out on top over Lovelady Auto Parts 16 to 15.  In the opener, Manchester Tire and Brake opened the game with an 8 run 1st inning and never looked back.  Kasen Shelton, Jacob Whaley, Owen Holder, Jace Spencer and Trey Spencer all had home runs for Manchester Tire and Brake.  Garrison Reed and Conner Alford had doubles and scored runs for Star.  In the nightcap, Cooper got off to a hot start and held off a late rally from Lovelady to get the win.  Jason and Easton each had a double and 2 singles while scoring 3 times each.  Isaac had 3 singles and scored 3 runs for Lovelady. 

Rylan Abellana of Dr. Jay’s rounds 3rd base to score on Thursday in 8U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

In the 8U division, Dr. Jay stopped Interstate Auto 17 to 5 and Freedom Automotive raced past Lions Club 15 to 1.  In the first game, Dr. Jay’s raced out to a 10 to 0 lead before Interstate could get on the scoreboard.  Sterling, Rylan and Hayes all had home runs while Kolton hit 2 home runs for Dr. Jay’s.  Keyton Childress had a triple and a home run for Interstate.  In the second game, the strong Freedom defense proved to up to the challenge.  For Freedom, Davion had a home run, a triple and a double while scoring 3 runs.  Harrison was the leading hitter for Lions Club as he had a pair of singles. 

Isaac Walter(right) slides into 3rd base ahead of the tag of Coffee County Bank’s Levi Dotson on Thursday in 10U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

In the 10U division, First National Bank bested Coffee County Bank 17 to 15 in the battle of the banks.  First National jumped out to a 5 to 0 lead before Coffee County Bank clawed back into the contest with 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning and 6 more in the 3rd.  First National put the game away with a 6 run 4th inning to take the win.  Davion Dycus hit a pair of singles and 2 RBI to lead First National.  For Coffee County Bank, Clayton Keele had a single, a double and 2 RBI.   

Jaden Dickens of Bush Insurance catches a pop fly on Thursday in 12U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

In the 12U division, Powers Storage dumped Bush Insurance 8 to 5 and Clower Automotive bested Shelter Insurance 10 to 1.  In game #1, Powers jumped out to a 2 to 0 lead in the first inning before Bush tied the game in the 2nd inning.  The two teams each end the 3rd tied at 4 before Powers took the lead for good in the 4th.  Austin Gipson had a home run and 2 singles to lead Powers.  Elijah Vernon hit a pair of singles to lead Bush Insurance.   In game #2, Clower pitcher Caleb held Shelter to a pair of hits in capturing their 8th win of the year.  Trace had a double and 2 singles to lead Clower.  Jonathan Whitten and Kerry Norris had singles for Shelter. 

Timothy Henderson of the Mets delivers a pitch on Thursday in 18U division action of the Manchester Youth Baseball Association

In the 18U division, the Expos beat the Mets 6 to 3 and the Yankees clubbed the Manchester Braves 13 to 7.  In the night’s opener, the Expos sent 9 batters to the plate in the 2nd inning plating 4 runs which proved to be enough.  Trailing 6 to 0 entering the bottom of the 4th inning, the Mets rallied for 3 runs but could not close the gap further.  Walker had an RBI double and scored a run to lead the Expos.  Trenton Thompson had a pair of singles to lead the Mets.   In the late game, the Manchester Braves jumped out to a 6 to 0 lead in the first inning, only to see the Yankees rally for 8 runs in the bottom of the first.  The Yankees added 4 more runs in the 2nd inning to gain some much needed breathing room.  Owen Neel got the win on the mound for the Yankees.  Tyler Surber ripped a 2 RBI triple for the Yankees.  Jayden Marcrom had a 2 RBI double for the Braves.   

Friday MYBA Schedule

8U Division at Fast Pitch Field

5:00 PM – Interstate Auto vs. Lions Club

7:30 PM – Lions Club vs. Interstate Auto

10U Division at National League Field

5:00 PM – First National Bank vs.  Chico’s Bail Bonds

7:30 PM – Coffee County Bank vs. State Farm

12U Division at Aaron Miller Field

5:00 PM – Shelter Insurance vs. Peoples Bank

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Lineup for Saturday’s Coffee Coaches Show

Coming up on Saturday morning’s Coffee Coaches Show we will have a full hour of live interviews with local coaches.  We open the hour talking to Phil Petty, the head coach for the Coffee County Youth Bass Club as his teams prepare to compete in the upcoming state and national tournaments.  Next we will welcome Andrew Taylor, the head coach for the Coffee County CHS volleyball team who opened preseason practices on Monday.  Our final guest will be Coffee County CHS football head coach Doug Greene who will update us on practice restrictions and the current contingency plans for the upcoming high school football season. 

The Coffee Coaches Show is heard each and every Saturday morning from 10 to 11 AM here on Thunder Radio.  The Coffee Coaches Show is broadcast from the showroom of Al White Ford/Lincoln.

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Preds Return to Bridgestone Arena Ice for Phase 2 of Return to Play Plan

For the first time since March 10 in Montreal, members of the Nashville Predators have begun gathering to take to the ice at Bridgestone Arena as part of Phase 2 of the NHL’s Return To Play Plan.

Back on June 8, the NHL announced the commencement of Phase 2, which consisted of small groups of players allowed to partake in voluntary on and off-ice workouts at team facilities.   At the time, the Predators were satisfied with each player’s individual situation and elected not to open facilities in Nashville. 

But as the calendar turned to July, and with the potential start of training camp just days away, members of the Preds laced up their skates together once again.  The opening of training camps in the teams’ local markets, which is the start of Phase 3, is scheduled for July 13.  Teams will then travel July 26 to one of two hub cities, where they will begin Phase 4, the resumption of play, with the Stanley Cup Qualifiers starting Aug. 1. The hub cities have not been announced. 

The CBA extension and agreement on protocols for Phases 3 and 4 are subject to ratification by the NHL Board of Governors and NHLPA membership. The NHLPA said it will announce the players’ decision on Friday.

Play will resume with the qualifiers, 16 teams playing eight best-of-5 series and a round-robin among the top four teams in points percentage in each conference to determine seeding for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Teams were permitted to reopen their facilities June 8 for voluntary on-ice and off-ice workouts under Phase 2 of the Return to Play Plan. Workout groups initially were restricted to six players and limited staff but later were expanded to a maximum of 12 players.

For Phase 3, players will be permitted to participate in full team activities on and off the ice. In addition, coaches, general managers and hockey operations personnel will be allowed to have direct interactions with players and conduct typical training camp activities while following preventative measures, including enhanced testing for COVID-19 and diligent hygiene practices designed to prevent the spread of the virus.

For Phase 4, the 24 teams will travel to the two hub cities, one for the 12 Eastern Conference teams and the other for the 12 Western Conference teams.

The teams will be housed in Phase 4 Secure Zones, which will include hotels, restaurants, practice facilities and the arena where exhibition, qualifier and postseason games will be played. Each person inside the secure zone, including players, coaches, team and NHL personnel, arena and practice facility staff, and vendors and service providers will be tested daily for COVID-19 and have symptom screening and temperature checks.

Some of the key points in the Phase 3 protocols include: rosters being limited to 30 skaters but allowing for an unlimited number of goalies per team; participation being limited to players who are eligible for the playoffs; and COVID-19 testing being required for players, team personnel and other personnel who will be in the vicinity of players (ice and building maintenance, security, etc.) 48 hours prior to returning to team facilities and every other day after that.

Phase 4 protocols include: rosters being limited to 31 players (including goalies); a maximum of 52 individuals per team (including ownership, players, coaches, executives and staff) being permitted inside the secure zone; and daily testing, symptom checks and temperature screenings for each person.

In the Western Conference Qualifiers, the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues (42-19-10, .662), Colorado Avalanche (42-20-8, .657), Vegas Golden Knights (39-24-8, .606) and Dallas Stars (37-24-8, .594) will play in the round-robin.

The four best-of-5 series in the West are the Edmonton Oilers (37-25-9, .585) vs. the Chicago Blackhawks (32-30-8, .514); the Nashville Predators (35-26-8, .565) vs. the Arizona Coyotes (33-29-8, .529); the Vancouver Canucks (36-27-6, .565) vs. the Minnesota Wild (35-27-7, .558); and the Calgary Flames (36-27-7, .564) vs. the Winnipeg Jets (37-28-6, .563).

In the Eastern Conference Qualifiers, the Boston Bruins (44-14-12, .714 points percentage), Tampa Bay Lightning (43-21-6, .657), Washington Capitals (41-20-8, .652) and Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7, .645) will play in the round-robin.

The four best-of-5 series in the East are the Pittsburgh Penguins (40-23-6, .623) vs. the Montreal Canadiens (31-31-9, .500); the Carolina Hurricanes (38-25-5, .596) vs. the New York Rangers (37-28-5, .564); the New York Islanders (35-23-10, .588) vs. the Florida Panthers (35-26-8, .565); and the Toronto Maple Leafs (36-25-9, .579) vs. the Columbus Blue Jackets (33-22-15, .579).

The losing teams from the qualifiers will have a chance at the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery.

The teams that advance from the qualifiers will remain in the two hub cities for the first two rounds of the playoffs. The four teams that advance past the second round will convene at one hub city to be identified for the conference finals and Stanley Cup Final.

Nashville SC Withdrawn From The MLS Is Back Tournament

Nashville Soccer Club in conjunction with Major League Soccer announced today that the club will withdraw its participation in the MLS Is Back Tournament due to positive COVID-19 cases among its players.

Nashville SC arrived in Orlando, Fla. on July 1, having taken all the necessary steps and following all the mandated protocols established by the league as well as local and national health authorities to minimize the risk and exposure to the virus. Despite the precautions, one player tested positive upon arrival at the host hotel, and another eight Nashville SC players tested positive upon a few days of arrival.

Following daily testing of players and staff during the past nine days, it was determined that the club would not be medically cleared to get sufficient training before their next match. As a result, it was decided that it would be in the best interest of the health and safety of the players, the staff and the rest of the league that Nashville SC does not participate in the tournament.

“In what has been a challenging year, and in an uncharted environment created by the Tornado that devastated our city, and COVID-19, this is another big disappointing outcome for Nashville SC and its supporters,” said Nashville SC CEO Ian Ayre. “Our focus now lays on the recovery of our players who have been infected with COVID-19 and on getting our complete traveling party back home safely. Once everyone is safe and healthy in Nashville, we can then turn the page and focus on our preparation and participation in the return to play for the latter half of the season post Orlando.”

Nashville SC is working with MLS and local health officials on a plan to bring home those players and staff who have consistently tested negative throughout their time in Orlando, Fla. as soon as it ensures everyone’s safety in the process. The timetable for the return of players who have tested positive will be determined by MLS’ health, safety and medical protocols.

TSSAA Delays Decision on Football/Soccer Contingency Plans

The much anticipated TSSAA Board of Control meeting to decide contingency plans for prep football and girls’ soccer provided no satisfaction on Wednesday.  The TSSAA office has been in conversations with Governor Bill Lee’s office to get an exemption from the governor’s emergency orders for the COVID-19 pandemic.  The governor’s office is still reviewing the plans provided by the TSSAA and has given no indication regarding an exemption to allow the seasons to start on time. 

The TSSAA Board of Control voted on Wednesday to delay a decision on any of the 4 possible contingency plans until receiving more guidance from Governor Lee’s task force.   There is no timetable in place for when a vote might take place as the TSSAA will now wait on the governor’s task force.  Until a decision is made, football and girls’ soccer(contact sports) will follow guidance from the TSSAA’s July 1st decision.  Football and girls’ soccer have been restricted from beginning season preparations until August 30th with the earliest possible contest beginning in mid-September. 

Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the TSSAA, updated the Board on the status of discussions with the Governor’s legal counsel.

“We are working with the Governor’s legal counsel and based on the conversation we are having, we think it is best to delay any vote on a contingency plan,” stated Childress.

“The Governor’s legal counsel stated that they need time to observe the data and work with us. There will come a time when we will have to make a decision on a contingency plan, but right now it is our opinion that we need to give their legal team the opportunity to see if it is needed in girls’ soccer and football.

“Their legal counselors are well aware of the TSSAA Sports Calendar and we will work to get an answer as soon as we can. TSSAA will not be making any further comment as the discussions with the Governor’s legal counsel are ongoing.

The TSSAA also announced that the proposed work session regarding reclassification, which was scheduled for July 1st, has been rescheduled for July 22nd.  The Board of Control will meet at Siegel High School on the 22nd to discuss reclassification for football.  The current classification is set to run through this season. 

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Manchester Youth Baseball Association Game Rained out on Wednesday

One game was scheduled on Wednesday in the Manchester Youth Baseball Association. The game between the Manchester Braves and the Yankees was postponed due to a late afternoon rain shower. The game is scheduled to be made up on Thursday night at 8 PM.

Thursday MYBA Schedule
6U Division at T-Ball Field
5:00 PM – Star Physical Therapy vs. Manchester Tire & Brake
7:30 PM – Lovelady Auto Parts vs. Cooper Sports
8U Division at Fast Pitch Field
5:00 PM – Interstate Auto vs. Dr. Jay
7:30 PM – Freedom Automotive vs. Lions Club
10U Division at National League Field
5:00 PM – First National Bank vs. Coffee County Bank
12U Division at Aaron Miller Field
5:00 PM – Powers Storage vs. Bush Insurance
7:30 PM – Clower Automotive vs. Shelter Insurance
18U Division at Looney Riddle(Babe Ruth) Field
6:00 PM – Expos vs. Mets
8:00 PM – Manchester Braves vs. Yankees

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Nashville SC’s Opening Match in MLS is Back Tournament Postponed

Major League Soccer announced that the MLS is Back Tournament Group A match between Nashville SC and Chicago Fire FC, scheduled for Wednesday, was to be postponed.

Since arriving in Orlando, five Nashville SC players have received confirmed positive tests for COVID-19. Two of the players received the confirmed positive results during the weekend and three players received confirmed positive results last night. In addition, four other players had received inconclusive test results, which were announced to be positive on Wednesday. This puts the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 at nine for Nashville SC.

MLS will continue to evaluate the club’s participation in the MLS is Back Tournament following the results of additional testing.

Further details regarding when this match will be played will be announced at a later date. For more information about Nashville SC visit NashvilleSC.com and follow the club at @NashvilleSC on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Spotify.